Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Girls Camp 2016

Chatting TODAY from the MTC!

Last week my girls (Clane) and I went to girls camp.
Nine of us leaders supervised about 26 girls in our church for a week.
Camp was in a beautiful area of Utah,
 with thick woods and a little lake in the center.
One afternoon we spent on the lake canoeing around.  
One morning we lead the girls on a 5 mile hike above our campsite.

One afternoon we took the girls fishing (and saw a bear!).  
Other days were spent talking and cooking together. 
At nights we sat around the campfire talking about the events of the day, 
we talked about the welfare of each other and what we 
would work better on for tomorrow.
Each girl was responsible for one another.  It was neat to see the girls 
(ages 12-18) care for and genuinely love each other.
We talked about our love for the Savior and 
His grace and His perfect love for each one of us.
Each night I asked a different leader to share her courtship/engagement/wedding 
stories. I think it was a highlight of camp. 
 Hearing how other people fall in love is so fun and so exciting!  
A few leaders are not married and I appreciated hearing their 
stories about love and fulfillment.  
We learned that we all have stories, and we are all 
valuable no matter where we are in life.

There is no electricity or hot water at camp which made it tricky;
especially washing our campfire-stained hair.   
I asked one of the darling girls to braid my hair each day,
in fact, most of us had braids in our hair.
I missed Christian most of all.  Each night wrapped up in my 
sleeping bag in the corner of the cold cabin on the hard ground, 
I thought about him.  I also thought about the other leaders husbands 
who also were holding down their forts at home. 
I thought about my testimony of the Savior.  He is everything, 
and I tried to teach these girls whom 
I was responsible for that we truly need Him every hour.  
I believe being up among nature brings one closer to God.  
The beauty that surrounded us at camp, hearing the wind through the leaves, 
and singing worshipful songs around the campfire brings us 
closer to His love, His strength, His peace, and His example. 
Camp is about faith, its about enduring to the end, 
its about unity, and its about God's love.
We truly are lucky girls.

Almost twenty years ago I spent girls camp summers with my cousins.
This trip I was lucky enough to be a leader with my cousin Jayne.
It was just like old times.
She's a good cleaner. ;)